Voices: Eritrean Refugees in Cache Valley, Utah: About Refugees in Cache Valley
About Refugees in Cache Valley
What is a refugee?
A refugee is "a person outside of his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinions." 
Refugees in Cache Valley
Over 300 refugees make Cache Valley their home.  They come from Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Burma/Myanmar. The majority of them are employed at the JBS meat packing plant in Hyrum, Utah. When they come to the United States, refugees are assigned a specific area to go. No refugees are actually assigned to Cache Valley.  Instead, they may choose to come here from Salt Lake City or farther away in the United States.
The driving force behind the Cache Valley Refugee Project (CVRP) is to help generate awareness within the wider community. By sharing their stories, others may come to understand their trials and struggles as refugees, as well as their triumphs and goals for the future in order to create a stronger community in Cache Valley, Utah.
 Cache Valley Refugee and Immigrant Connection. "What is a Refugee?" Accessed May 26, 2015. http://www.cacherefugees.org/what-is-a-refugee--2.html.
 Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection. 2014. "Cache Valley Refugees" Accessed May 26, 2015. http://www.cacherefugees.org/what-is-a-refugee--2.html.
 Nelda Ault Dyslyn. "Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connections" 21 May 2015. Field School Presentation. Also reflected in refugee interviews.